Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran

BONUS This edition contains a Honeymoon in Tehran discussion guide.Azadeh Moaveni, longtime Middle East correspondent for Time magazine, returns to Iran to cover the rise of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Living and working in Tehran, she finds a nation that openly yearns for freedom and contact with the West but whose economic grievances and nationalist spirit find an ouBONUS This edition contains a Honeymoon in Tehran discussion guide.Azadeh Moaveni, longtime Middle East correspondent for Time magazine, returns to Iran to cover the rise of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Living and working in Tehran, she finds a nation that openly yearns for freedom and contact with the West but whose economic grievances and nationalist spirit find an outlet in Ahmadinejad s strident pronouncements And then the unexpected happens Azadeh falls in love with a young Iranian man and decides to get married and start a family in Tehran Suddenly, she finds herself navigating an altogether different side of Iranian life As women are arrested for immodest dress and the authorities unleash a campaign of intimidation against journalists, Azadeh is forced to make the hard decision that her family s future lies outside Iran Powerful and poignant, Honeymoon in Tehran is the harrowing story of a young woman s tenuous life in a country she thought she could change.
Honeymoon in Tehran Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran BONUS This edition contains a Honeymoon in Tehran discussion guide Azadeh Moaveni longtime Middle East correspondent for Time magazine returns to Iran to cover the rise of President Mahmoud Ahmadine

  • Title: Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran
  • Author: Azadeh Moaveni
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  • Page: 162
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    1. Honeymoon in Tehran is the kind of book I would encourage most Americans to read, especially since it provides so much insight into a country that so many Americans view as a dangerous enemy. Moaveni is an American journalist born to Iranian immigrant parents but who still feels a distinct connection to the land of her heritage. She worked for many years as a foreign correspondent for Time magazine, investigating everything from Iranian pop culture to politics to human rights issues. Her latest [...]

    2. This book is a truly excellent memoir. If you’re looking for a memoir that details the struggles and censorship that modern Iranians (particularly women) are facing, it delivers. It is chock full of complicated patriotism, scathing social observations and balanced political commentary. But if contemporary romance is your thing, it has that too. The novel spans two years as President Ahmadinejad rises to power, and the author meets the love of her life. I won’t spoil the ridiculous and creati [...]

    3. A first hand account of life among educated, middle-class in Tehran, Iran. I learned so much about Iranian points of view and many issues that I had misunderstood are made clear in this memoir. Set just as Ahmadinejad come into power and increases the repression of the Iranian Islamic regime. Politics, culture, family and profession collide with restrictions at every turn. This is a compelling and fascinating account of modern professional life in Tehran.

    4. This book tells the story of Ahmadinejad's first election and how the first years of his administration affected the daily lives of people and, specifically, this reporter.Azadeh Moaveni takes you through the naiveté of reform minded voters who justified their sitting out the 2005 election since no one represented positive change. Little did they know that at the last minute a hard liner could be entered in stealth and would change the country and take away what little freedoms they had.She sho [...]

    5. Overall, I think the book lacked coherence. I also found the subtitle to be misleading. There may have been love, but there was no danger to her throughout the book. Sure, she had some minor scares and major hassles but living in a country with limited freedom what did she expect? Since she had worked frequently in Iran and had temporarily lived there before, there should have been no surprises for her on the censorship and intrusion into the daily life of Iranians. As a journalist, she should h [...]

    6. An intriguing book that left me with mixed feelings. Azadeh Moaveni is an Iranian-born US journalist working for Time magazine in the Middle East. In 2005 she lives in Iran covering the elections and the unexpected rise to power of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Not a great deal happens in the book but she covers daily life in Iran, it's restrictions, politics and the difficulties of living under an oppressive Islamic regime. She herself seems somewhat conflicted in her views. At times she is na [...]

    7. Honeymoon in Tehran is Azadeh Moaveni's distinguished memoir of her time spent living in Iran as a journalist and newly married mother. As an Iranian native of California and journalist for Time magazine, Moaveni spends her notable career reporting on the societal aspects of Iran, from it's controversial elections to trends in Iran's youth activist culture. When she returns to the country to begin reporting on Iran's 2005 presidential elections, she has no idea that she will soon begin living in [...]

    8. As a young mother who married abroad within the last 10 years, this look at intercultural complexities to falling in love and starting a family in alternate situations was very compelling. I learned a lot about the recent and past history of Iran while being reminded of the complexities of expatriate life. I enjoyed the narrative from a cultural perspective and some of the writing was very engaging, though sometimes it fell back into "news-reporter" voice.What I love about Moaveni's book is her [...]

    9. I really liked this book. I previously had no understanding of Iran and Iranian life outside of western media (which Ms. Moaveni is a part of, of course). Her take and understanding of the culture mingled with her own life struggles and changes gives a refreshing perspective on this country I otherwise knew little about. She has a sort of wry sense of humor about most things and despite what is probably a dangerous profession, she is constantly brave and questioning.I kind of wish I had read Lip [...]

    10. I labored through this book but I did not want to NOT finish it. It had enough substance to keep my interest going despite the confusing religious philosophies and foreign names. When I chose to read "Honeymoon in Tehran," I didn't know what to expect. I definitely was not expecting a "chicklit." I knew that it will be part-secular/part-political. However, as much as Ms. Moaveni was able to paint a vivid picture of everyday life in Iran from an upper-middle class, Western and highly educated per [...]

    11. Azadeh Moaveni, daughter of Iranian immigrants who raised her in Northern California, sheds an enticing perspective upon the years she determinedly spent as a young adult in the nation her own parents had abandoned decades earlier. Moaveni does not sugar coat the oppression and frustration imposed upon Iran's people--such factors eventually motivated her to leave the country along with her Iranian born husband and infant son. She does, however, reveal the moderate and sensible nature of many cit [...]

    12. Personally I think that this book gives a very correct and complex account on present day Iran. I really liked how the author succeeded to maintain the balance between the positive and negative depiction of Iranian politics and society, which also made me realize how incredibly divided and antagonistic the everyday experience in Iran can be! While implementing the strictest clothing regulations to women, it allows (or better said doesn't take action against) alcohol consumption in underground ba [...]

    13. This was a fantastic, fascinating book.It got off to a bit of a slow start I was a little overwhelmed by all of the information about Iran that the author included in her story, but all of this information was relevant. It quickly picked up and Moaveni is a journalist by trade, which makes her a wonderful storyteller. I feel like I know so much more about Iran, a country that is growing increasingly important in world affairs.This was a great mix of the inside workings of the government through [...]

    14. Moavani is a wonderful writer. I'm especially interested in Iran as a subject, since my father emigrated from there in the 1960s. But even for someone with no ties to Iran, this is a fascinating read. It covers the two years she lived in Iran in the mid-2000s, meeting her future husband and having a baby. This was the time that Ahmejinidad became president, and she writes of the ensuing effects and crackdowns on the culture. Iran is such an interesting country, so unlike any other in the Middle [...]

    15. Two years life of an Iranian journalist who fell in love when she was visiting Iran. Got married and tried to build her life with her husband and son in her beloved country while continuing her job. But the structure of her life and the presuures imposed from a theocracy was not bearable and healthy type of living for her and her family. She had to leave Iran behind knowing that she might not find a place to live that provides her with perfect happiness or a place that she feels most welcome or [...]

    16. Despite her relative youth, Moaveni writes with insight and understanding about Iran over the past few years. The book begins when Amadinejad is elected and follows the changes that happen in Iran over the following years. It is also an account of a young woman who was raised in the west dealing with getting married in Iran. Despite what one would think, the book is not a wholehearted condemnation of modern Iran, nor is she an apologist. What it does is capture, affectionately, the sentiments of [...]

    17. I learned alot reading this book, which covers the period 2005-2007, starting just before the election that brought in Ahmadinejad. Because the author is a journalist, her writing is complimented by opinions and interviews of many Iranians. It provides a good explanation of the backdrop to those elections, and how Ahmadinejad rose to power from such obscurity. She also describes well the subsequent descent into economic collapse and security clampdown.I look forward to reading other books by Moa [...]

    18. Fascinating portrait of life in Iran, just before the election of Ahmadinejad and during his Presidency. Although much of the criticism of Iran is present, from the role / dress of women in the public sphere to the government's crackdown on activists and journalists, there is nuance. Partial displays of openness with satellite TV, a lax enforcement of dress requirement at times and outdoor musical symphonies. Sometimes funny, sometimes menacing, it is life within the borders of a newly emboldene [...]

    19. Azadeh Moaveni follows her first memoir with this book about her last two years in Iran. Significantly less hopeful than Lipstick Jihad, Moaveni chronicles a return of more repressive regime. She continues to work as a journalist despite inherent risks. An interesting theme in this book is her relationship with her government handler, Mr. X, who vets each of her stories prior to publication. Well worth reading as is her first effort.

    20. A fascinating insight into life in Iran and one that might surprise many in the West who get a very one-sided simplistic portrayal of a country that suits a certain narrative (partly due to Iran's own heavy censorship). The fact that the author is a journalist means the book feels well researched and written. It dispels certain conceptions one might have about Iran whilst reinforcing others. I found particularly interesting the authors epilogue re life in London and her observations that the U.K [...]

    21. I was so focused on having a small carry-on purse for my recent trip to Athens and Turkey (because I had a 6 hour layover in Montreal and wanted to leave the airport and go eat at Le Commensal) that I forgot to pack anything to entertain myself on the flight! I ended up spending over $40 on books at the Montreal airport. This is why I use the library, people.The selection of books in the airport is sad. Lots of pulpy mysteries and sundry crap. I saw the title of this one and was kind of like, "E [...]

    22. I have known, and called my friends, several women from Iran. Each and everyone of them has been vivacious, curious, well educated, and fluent in several languages. I can't describe how fortunate I've been to know them. Each one of them, however, has had the same story. As their country grew more and more fundamentalist, their lives grew more and more restricted. The women I have known felt they needed to leave their country for good in order to make the most of their lives. This book is the sam [...]

    23. What a snooze. A bad book club xhoice. I'm about 4/5s of the way through this book, and I'm still waiting for a storyline or a plot to develop. She talks about ridiculous obscure events and you think she must be mentioning this because it will culminate in something later in the book. That does not happen-she's just recounting something to fill space. (I'm guessing as it serves no other purpose.) I did learn that Iranians eat a lot of pickes as she mentions THIS about 5 or 6 times in the book. O [...]

    24. The author's depth of experience and sharp insight into the mindset of ordinary Iranians make this definitely a worthwhile book to read. There are some scenes in this book that surprised me and challenged my preconceptions about that whole society. The depiction of the mandatory government premarital counseling was itself worth the price of the book. The author conveys well the complex Iranian reactions to a brutal but fractured and inconsistent government. In describing her personal life, howev [...]

    25. It's probably a book I had never ever opened if I wouldn't have my dearest bookclub girls to draw (what draw? force!) my attention to it. The title is misleading you see, I'd reckoned some kind of chicklit which - through some romantic and heartbreaking story - would touch the Middle East & women question shallowly. You know, like the ones I used to enjoy so much as a teenager, but eventually grew immensely tired of. But what a pleasant surprise it was. Not only it is a superb and ejoyable n [...]

    26. Honestly, much like her first book it took me awhile to get into. Once I did however, it was a poignant story especially given the current climate in Iran. Very well done and a great read after the slow start.

    27. What a pompous, arrogant and whiny author. This book sucked. I kept reading it in hopes it would get better. But it sucked right on through to the end.

    28. Azadeh Moaveni, the American-born child of Iranian parents who settled in the US following the 1979 revolution in Iran, first visited Iran in 1998. In 2000, she returned to Iran as a journalist reporting on the elections for Time Magazine, and remained in the country for two years before settling in Beirut, where she continued to report on issues in the Middle East, visiting Iran on many occasions. In 2005 she published a memoir, Lipstick Jihad, in which she wrote about her life as an Iranian in [...]

    29. This is an interesting and rather unusual book from the author of "Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran." For someone born outside Iran, learning about the country’s culture second-hand before she went to visit and live there, Moaveni has some very profound and spot-on observations about the country and its people, as evident from the rest of this review and this example of relating her fear of raising a child in Europe, where mothers and infants lead [...]

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